I found a great article today that sheds additional light on psychopathy as it relates to punishment. Namely, that with psychopaths, punishment does not work, generally speaking. Here’s a quote from the article:
Psychopaths show overoptimism. They always think behaviors will be rewarded. They don’t pay attention to punishment…
…Prinz agreed that psychopaths are more likely believe that no matter the option they choose, the rewards will come. “When interviewed, criminal psychopaths sometimes sound indignant about their incarceration. They are surprised to be caught and think the punishment is undeserved. That seems to be what’s going on here. They think they have the right rule, and then suddenly there is a punishment, telling them they are wrong,” he said.
For non-psychopaths, that’s no big surprise; they are told in advance that the rule will change,” Prinz said. “Psychopaths are more surprised, or perhaps even indignant: ‘How could I be wrong? How dare they change the rule!’ Activations in the posterior cingulate and insula are consistent with these negative emotions.
Fascinating!! Without giving too much away while also giving you a teaser, this concept will play a distinct role as the character of Miss Taylor develops throughout the story.
But probably not in the way you’d expect.
The next excerpt from Miss Taylor will be coming soon so stay tuned!
Here’s a link to the article on psychopathic behavior: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/02/why-you-can-t-punish-a-psychopath-according-to-science.html